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Second Grade – Eitenmiller

August 21, 2018

I Love my 16 second graders!!!  So happy to have some of them for the second year in a row!

We are starting our year off with the “Cubism” unit!

The unit includes Cognitive lessons about art (mosaics) and art history (Cubism), math-based lessons about perimeter and area, and affective lessons.

Our Affective lessons include a book study of Sean Covey’s book entitled The 7 Habits of Happy Kids! We have finished the first 2  habits thus far!  Everyone wants to be happy….right?

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Habit 1 — Be Proactive

You’re in Charge

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

August 28, 2018

Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind

Have a Plan

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen!


******The  Family STEAM Project that was sent home with the students today had a due date of September 25, 2018.  However, this is fall break.  Therefore, the projects will be due Tuesday, October 2, 2018.  Sorry for the confusion.

Today we studied patterns!  We identified patterns around the school and talked about how they can be helpful and useful.  Patterns are a big part of our math curriculum this year.

There lots of convergent thinking going on today in class!  We completed analogies, logic squares, and used our creative side with originality and elaboration activities!!  Lots of learning going on inside the classroom.

We also learned about Habit 3 today.  I hope the students are following these habits to ensure a happy childhood!!

September 4, 2018

Habit 3 — Put First Things First

Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.


September 11, 2018

Habit 4 — Think Win-Win      Think win-win classroom poster

Everyone Can Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.


September 18, 2018

*STEAM Projects due October 2, 201

The students continue to learn some  of the basic concepts of Cubism, along with a little about Picasso, and the Rubik’s Cube.

The students will learn to solve one side of the Rubik’s Cube through this series of 6 lessons. Some will get it easily and some may never be able to successful complete the mini lessons.  It’s ok if they don’t.  I just ask that they persevere through the lessons without giving up.  It ok to fail sometimes.  I am working with the students on this concept.  🙂

In two weeks, we will be drawing self portraits of ourselves!  There is a  lot of fun art work will be created in this unit as well.

Remember, the Family STEAM Project is due October 2, 2018.  I can’t wait to see the different types of games that are created!

Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Listen Before You Talk   Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood classroom poster

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.


October 2, 2018

Great day in Target today!!!

The students absolutely loved playing all the games that were created in our Family STEAM Projects.  I saw some amazing creations!  We had games that involved computer programs, rolling dice, practicing math facts, and answering trivia questions.  See fun pictures below.

The next Family STEAM Project is due Tuesday November 13, 2018.  The students will be creating something from materials that can be recycled!

January 8, 2109

Target class will meet again on Tuesday, January 15, 2019! I’m so excited to get going with the second semester!  It’s a great group of students and we have so fun activities in-store for the 2nd semester!

we will take 2-3 weeks to complete the Picasso/Cubism Unit and then begin our new unit titled “Mission Possible.” In this unit the students will be learning all about coding.  they will be working with Recon 6.0 Robots!

Recon 6.0 Programmable Rover, was developed by scientists at Smart-Lab and is equipped with some pretty cool features and capabilities. The Rover can hold 9 missions at a time in its memory bank with up to 50 commands each. It has a sound file bank with 9 unique sounds: 4 to record yourself and 5 prerecorded sound effects. You can program multi-directional navigation, turning headlights off and on, and commands like loop and return home!

I can’t wait to get started!